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Don’t Ever Change New York Post. Don’t Ever Change.

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As you might expect, the New York Post‘s headline on l’affair Weiner is a classic: Don’t ever change guys, don’t ever change.

Anthony Weiner Is Sexting Again

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While his wife is off working on Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign, and most likely a top level position in a Clinton White House, former Congressman Anthony Weiner is apparently caught up in another sexting scandal.  Seriously? Someone needs to take this guy’s smartphone away. Update: Weiner’s Twitter account has been deleted. Something tells me that […]

Some Alt-Right Basics

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Via RawStory:  The Alt-Right Dictionary: 7 terms you need to know to understand Trump’s most hateful supporters. And, straight from two of the self-proclaimed leaders of the movement from back in March at Breitbart:  An Establishment Conservative’s Guide To The Alt-Right.  

Steven Hill, Who Played D.A. Adam Schiff on ‘Law & Order,’ Dies At 94

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Steven Hill, a long-time actor who achieved fame late in life as the long-serving District Attorney Adam Schiff on Law & Order, has died at 94: Steven Hill, who originated imposing lead roles on two notable television series, “Mission: Impossible” in the 1960s and “Law & Order” in the 1990s, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. […]

Michele Bachmann Advising Trump On Foreign Policy

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Former Minnesota Congresswoman and Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says she’s advising Donald Trump on foreign policy: Tea Party firebrand Michele Bachmann says she is advising Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on foreign policy. The former Minnesota congresswoman attended a fundraiser in the state for Trump on Saturday, where she revealed to the press that she […]

Trump’s Speaking Style

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Tara Golshan has an interesting piece at Vox:  Donald Trump’s strange speaking style, as explained by linguists which is worth a read. I will say that it includes a quote that may qualify for Understatement of the Year: “His speeches are full of non sequiturs,” says Kristin Kobes Du Mez, a Calvin College historian Of the passages […]

Liz Cheney Wins GOP Primary For Wyoming’s House Seat

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Former Vice-President Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz Cheney is most likely headed to Congress after winning the Republican primary for Wyoming’s at-large Senate seat: Liz Cheney won the GOP primary for Wyoming’s at-large House seat Tuesday, clearing the biggest hurdle to Congress for the national security hawk and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Cheney […]

Kenny Baker, The Actor Inside R2-D2, Dies At 81

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Kenny Baker, best known as the man inside R2-D@, one of only two characters to appear in all of the principal Star Wars films that have been released to date, has died at the age of 81: Kenny Baker, the British actor who rose to fame by playing the robot R2-D2 in six “Star Wars” […]

Trump Shuts Down In New Jersey

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Despite previous promises that he’d win the state, it looks like Donald Trump is giving up on New Jersey: Donald Trump and his supporters claimed, once the Republican nomination was wrapped up, that traditionally blue New Jersey could be in play come November. With great fanfare, Trump’s campaign opened a New Jersey office on May […]

Paul Ryan Easily Wins Primary

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Notwithstanding a push by Trump supporters and hard right pundits, House Speaker Paul Ryan easily won his primary challenge last night: WASHINGTON — The House speaker, Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, easily won his Republican primary on Tuesday, defeating a political newcomer who had received a late surge of attention after being praised by Donald […]

Filing Deadlines

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If you are curious as to the filing deadlines for the presidency, Ballotpedia has the list.

Let the Unskewing Begin!

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Via RawStory:  ‘Polling can be skewed’: Four Trump surrogates go on CNN for mass denial of Trump’s lousy polls. Many apparently did not learn the lessons of 2012.

New ABC Poll: Trump Weaknesses and Post-Convention Info

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The new ABC News/Washington Post poll has some interesting data, including an extensive comparison of pre- and post-convention numbers across an array of variables. Of the things that struck was the following paragraph: Trump’s ratings in general haven’t worsened — they just haven’t improved since he claimed the Republican nomination. And the trouble list is […]

Kasich on Trump and Ohio

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“There will be sections he will win because people are angry, frustrated and haven’t heard any answers. But I still think it’s difficult if you are dividing to be able to win Ohio. I think it’s really, really difficult.”–Governor John Kasich (R-Ohio). 538’s Now-cast give Trump a 16.4% chance to win the state at the […]

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“Chicago Skyline” July 25, 2016 Chicago, IL

Meg Whitman Says She’ll Vote For Hillary Clinton

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Meg Whitman, a top Republican donor and fundraiser who ran for Governor of California in 2010, has become the latest Republican to announce she will support Hillary Clinton for President: Meg Whitman, a Hewlett Packard executive and Republican fund-raiser, said Tuesday that she would support Hillary Clinton for president and give a “substantial” contribution to […]

Trump Supporters Boo Mother Of Deployed Service Member

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The mother of a member of the Air Force found out quite harshly what Trump supporters think of those who disagree with them: CARSON CITY, Nevada — The woman, in a quiet voice, stood before the crowd of hundreds at a town hall-style event here with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and announced that her son […]

New York Republican Congressman Announces He’s Voting For Clinton

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Retiring Republican Congressman Richard Hanna of New York has announced that he will be voting for Hillary Clinton for President: WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, a three-term Republican, said Tuesday he will vote for Hillary Clinton for president because Donald Trump is “unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country.” Hanna […]

The Deepening Disaster in Venezuela

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Via CNBC:  Venezuela calls for mandatory labor in farm sector The government of Venezuela has issued a decree that “effectively amounts to forced labor” in an attempt to fix a spiraling food crisis, according to a new report from Amnesty International. A Venezuelan ministry last week announced Resolution No. 9855, which calls for the establishment […]

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“Over the Tennessee” Florence, AL June 29, 2016

Barack Obama And The Case Of The Seven Almonds

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Earlier this month, James Joyner took note of a part of a long piece about President Obama’s late night work habits that seemed, well, rather odd. Specifically the fact that he limited his snacking to seven lightly-salted almonds. Not six almonds mind you, not eight, but precisely seven. And not regular or unsalted,  nut “lightly […]

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“Uncertain Path” June 28, 2016 near Cleveland, AL.

Norovirus Reportedly Striking Some Attendees At Republican Convention

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There are reports of a particularly nasty virus striking the Republican National Convention: CLEVELAND — The highly contagious norovirus appears to have hit the Republican National Convention. A dozen California Republican Party staff members, who arrived last week in Ohio ahead of the state’s delegates, have fallen ill with the virus, said Jim Brulte, chairman […]

A Bizarre First Day for Republican National Convention

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I haven’t yet watched any of the 2016 Republican National Convention but the first day was a beauty.

Afghan Teen Attacks Hong Kong Family on German Subway With an Ax

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Another bizarre attack that may be part of a larger pattern. Or a random act by a deranged individual. BBC: A teenage Afghan refugee armed with an axe and knife injured four people on a train in southern Germany before being shot dead by police, officials say. Three people in a group from Hong Kong […]

Trump Vice-Presidential Announcement Delayed

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In the wake of last night’s apparent terrorist attack in Nice, Donald Trump’s campaign has delayed the announcement of the candidate’s running mate announcement, but we should know by early this afternoon if it really is Indiana Governor Mike Pence: CLEVELAND — In a stunning move late Thursday, Donald Trump said he was scrapping his […]

Boris Johnson UK’s New Foreign Secretary?!

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In her first official act as prime minister, Teresa May has appointed known nutjob Boris Johnson to run the UK’s foreign policy.   Let’s just say I was not expecting that.

Evan Bayh Seeking To Return To The Senate

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Evan Bayh is reportedly ready to enter the race to reclaim his old seat in the Senate: WASHINGTON — Former Senator Evan Bayh, Democrat of Indiana, is expected to announce that he will run to reclaim the job he gave up in 2010, a move that could strengthen the Democrats’ prospects of winning majority control […]

Presidential Debate Schedule Announced

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The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced the dates and venues for this fall’s Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will participate in three general election debates from September through October, according to the schedule released Thursday by the nonpartisan organization that sponsors the debates. The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced […]

Leadsom Withdraws from UK PM Race

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Or, more accurately, she withdrew from the race to be leader of the Conservative Party, which would have lead to her being PM had she won. The BBC reports:  Theresa May set to be UK PM after Andrea Leadsom quits In a speech earlier on Monday setting out her leadership campaign platform, Mrs May – […]

Sydney H. Schanberg, New York Times Reporter Who Chronicled Khmer Rouge Terror, Dies At 82

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Sydney H. Schanberg, the New York Times reporter who chronicled the rise of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the mid-1970s and whose reporting became the basis for the critically acclaimed film The Killing Fields, has died at the age of 82: Sydney H. Schanberg, a correspondent for The New York Times who won […]

Corker, Ernst Withdraw From Trump’s Veep Consideration

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Two potential Donald Trump running mates in the Senate have taken themselves out of contention. First up, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker said he’d prefer to focus on policy from the Senate: Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee who has recently emerged as a finalist in the search for […]

Donald Trump Raises $51 Million In June

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Donald Trump raised a surprisingly robust $51 million for his campaign and the GOP in June: Donald Trump raised more than $26 million through online and mail solicitations in June and another $25 million at events with the Republican National Committee, his campaign announced Wednesday, a hefty haul that his allies hope will put to rest anxieties in […]

The Philippines’ Disturbing new President

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Via Guardian:  Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte urges people to kill drug addicts Following a measured speech after taking his oath before a small audience inside the presidential palace, the outspoken leader paid an evening visit to a Manila slum and unleashed profanity-laden threats against drug traffickers in front of a crowd of about 500 people “These […]

Farange Makes his own Exit

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Another Brexit leader is making their own exit (via the BBC):  UKIP leader Nigel Farage stands down. So, Boris Johnson will not stand for the Prime Ministership and now Farange is quitting as leader of UKIP.  On the one hand, I can’t say that the UK is worse for either move, but it is striking […]

A FARC Primer

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For anyone interested in more on the FARC as the peace process progresses, here are two useful BBC pieces from about a week ago: Who are the Farc? and Colombia’s Farc rebels – 50 years of conflict.

Obama and the Seven Lightly Salted Almonds

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In “Obama After Dark: The Precious Hours Alone,” Michael Shear provides an interesting account of how this president works late into the night going through speeches and briefing papers and giving himself time to think. This factoid jumped out at me: To stay awake, the president does not turn to caffeine. He rarely drinks coffee or […]

13% Of Americans Would Prefer A Giant Meteor Over Trump Or Hillary

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Public Policy Polling’s new national poll finds that 13% of Americans favor a giant meteor striking the Earth over Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton: More than 1 in 10 voters say they’d prefer a giant meteor hitting earth over supporting Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. The left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) offered the hypothetical “Giant […]

Another Anti-Trump Republican

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This time it is Mark Salter, “the former chief of staff to Sen. John McCain and […] senior adviser to the McCain for President campaign”:  Why This Republican Won’t Vote for Trump.  He concludes a column that is basically a long list of troubles with Trump with the following: Whatever Hillary Clinton’s faults, she’s not ignorant […]

Hillary Clinton Raises $70 Million In June Alone

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign raised nearly  $70 million for itself and the Democratic National Committee for the just-concluded month of June: Hillary Clinton’s campaign reported Friday that it had raised more than $68.5 million for Hillary for America, the Democratic National Committee and state parties in the month of June. Of that total, $40.5 million went […]

Alvin Toffler, Author of ‘Future Shock,’ Dies At 87

Alvin Toffler, whose book ‘Future Shock’ and its sequels reached some level of mass popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, has died at the age of 87: Alvin Toffler, the celebrated author of “Future Shock,” the first in a trilogy of best-selling books that presciently forecast how people and institutions of the late 20th century […]

On the Usage of “Radical Islam”

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Via Vox:  I worked in the CIA under Bush. Obama is right to not say “radical Islam.” When I directed the Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program at the CIA in the early 2000s, I frequently interacted with senior Bush administration policymakers about how to engage Muslim communities and, when doing so, which words and phrases […]

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“Untitled” From the Gardens at Ivy Green (Birthplace of Helen Keller) Tuscumbia, AL 6/29/16

From the “You Can’t Make this Stuff up File”

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Via AL.com: Man wearing skeleton costume, 2 others steal erectile dysfunction drugs from Alabama pharmacy.

Trump: The Pro-Torture Candidate

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Via the BBC:  US election: ‘I like waterboarding a lot’, says Donald Trump “We have to fight so viciously and violently because we’re dealing with violent people,” Mr Trump said. At one point, he asked the crowd: “What do you think about waterboarding?” They cheered as he gave his answer: “I like it a lot. […]

Turkish Airport Attackers From Former Soviet Space (Or Not)

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The men who carried out the terrorist attack on Turkey’s key airport were from Russia, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Turkish officials believe they were ISIS-related. CNN: Turkish authorities have now detained 22 people in connection with the Ataturk Airport attack, a Turkish official told CNN on Thursday. […] The official also said that Turkey has determined […]

British Labour Party Leader Loses No Confidence Vote

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In the latest example of the political backlash growing out of last week’s Brexit vote, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, lost a no-confidence vote among Labour’s Members of Parliament, but he says he will not leave office even as his position seems to become more and more precarious: LONDON — Britain’s […]

Army to Allow Rolled Sleeves on Cammies Again

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After more than a decade, the Army is back to allowing soldiers to roll the sleeves of their camouflage uniform in garrison: The practice was banned for years. Then there was a pilot program. The results were studied closely. And on Tuesday, the Army is expected to announce its big decision: Rolled sleeves on camouflage […]

Marines Remove ‘Man’ From Most Job Titles

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The Marine Corps has removed the word “man” from nineteen of its military occupation specialty titles, leaving only a handful of iconic instances intact.

Brexit Vote Setting Off Infighting In Britain’s Labour Party

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The outcome of the Brexit vote continues to reverberate throughout British politics. Already, of course, we’ve seen the outcome of the vote bring an abrupt and somewhat unexpected end to David Cameron’s time as Prime Minister, a move that could sweep pro-Brexit MP Boris Johnson into Downing Street. Now, there are signs that the vote […]

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